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Old May 7 2013, 08:44 PM   #653
Re: Janeway's Decision to Kill Tuvix

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And when you don't deconstruct Tuvix once you know how to restore Tuvok and Neelix, then you have murdered them. The questioning point is not the accident, but later when the ability to restore two people to the bodies that they in fact own. To not do so is not only murder, it is most likely against the law. The right to your own body is the argument and not who is murdering who.
That's the moral equivalent of saying it's murder not to harvest someone's organs against their will to save the lives of two terminally ill patients.
Except the evidence we saw shows these two persons were not terminally ill. Their so call illness was a result of an accident. No fault of their own. They are sentient people, and they have a long standing claim on the property in question. Tuvix is not the donor in this situation he is the recipient.

It is more like a sniper taking out someone holding two people hostage.
Of course Tuvok and Neelix are not terminally ill. They are dead. Their consciousness and brain function have ceased. They are not sentient, because they do not exist.

The sniper analogy doesn't at all fit. Tuvix is not committing a crime and has done nothing to perpetrate this. He is a sentient being. That he exists due to an accident is irrelevant. Only his status as a sentient being is relevant.

If we are going to stick with the flawed organ donation analogy, it would be more like a person donating a kidney, having their remaining kidney fail and a attempt to take it back from the recipient.
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